Jen and Geert's US Immigration Timeline

  Petitioner's Name: Jennifer
Beneficiary's Name: Geert
VJ Member: Jen and Geert
Country: Netherlands

Last Updated: 2011-05-25
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Immigration Checklist for Jennifer & Geert:

USCIS I-130 Petition:      
Dept of State IR-1/CR-1 Visa:    
USCIS I-751 Petition:  
USCIS N-400 Petition:  

IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Date
Service Center : California Service Center
Transferred? No
Consulate : Amsterdam, Netherlands
Marriage (if applicable): 2008-07-28
I-130 Sent : 2010-05-04
I-130 NOA1 : 2010-05-11
I-130 RFE :
I-130 RFE Sent :
I-130 Approved : 2010-11-03
NVC Received :
Received DS-261 / AOS Bill : 2010-11-04
Pay AOS Bill : 2010-11-04
Receive I-864 Package : 2010-11-05
Send AOS Package : 2010-11-13
Submit DS-261 : 2010-11-04
Receive IV Bill : 2010-11-05
Pay IV Bill : 2010-11-05
Send IV Package :
Receive Instruction and Interview appointment letter : 2011-01-13
Case Completed at NVC : 2011-01-10
NVC Left : 2011-01-14
Consulate Received :
Packet 3 Received :
Packet 3 Sent :
Packet 4 Received :
Interview Date : 2011-02-14
Interview Result : Approved
Second Interview
(If Required):
Second Interview Result:
Visa Received : 2011-02-15
US Entry : 2011-05-14
Comments : Because of some delays when getting the NOA2 and the case moving to NVC the dates are only an estimate and not perfectly accurate.
Estimates/Stats :
Your I-130 was approved in 176 days from your NOA1 date.

Your interview took 279 days from your I-130 NOA1 date.

Port of Entry Review
Event Date
Port of Entry : Houston
POE Date : 2011-05-14
Got EAD Stamp : Yes,Passport Stamp
Biometrics Taken : Yes
Harassment Level : 0
Comments : The only negative comment we would have about the POE was the time it took to process, my husband mentioned it was really busy and there was only a couple of officers processing immigrants and there was a long line up. Other than waiting in line for 3 hours everything else went fine and my husband was processed in around 5-10 min. and then was finished.

Member Reviews:

Consulate Review: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Review Topic: IR-1/CR-1 Visa
Event Description
Review Date : February 21, 2011
Embassy Review : We got there around 2 hours early and went to a bistro a block over to rest a bit since it was cold and raining outside, we got some soup for lunch and talked a bit about the paperwork and feeling a little nervous, but we were both pretty confident and reassuring each other that we'd do fine.
We left the restaurant about 20 min before the 1:30 interview time and waited at the gate, there were already several people there also waiting for security to let us in, they came exactly at 1:30 to open the gate. The security let those without electronic devices go first in line (me and Geert already knew about this and left everything electronic behind except our passports and paperwork.) We had an umbrella which they put aside for us to pick up later.

When we walked inside we also had to walk through a metal detector before getting into the office, but got through it quickly enough. When we finally got inside they told us to go to window number 6, we waited in line a few people were ahead of us. When we got to the window there was a nice lady who we handed Geerts passport and interview letter over to. She also gave us our original documents and medical exam stuff (it included the x-ray on CD also), she was looking at our paper work that was sent by NVC saying that it looked like everything was in order (complete) we tried to hand her 2 more passport photos, but she said they had enough =). She also had Geert sign the II part of the DS230 sworn statement and took his fingerprints on the bio-scan. After that she told us to go sit down and wait till we were called by the consular officer.

We waited awhile it was a bit too warm in the consulate so we actually sat by the door to catch a breeze with people coming in, they had a beverage machine too so we got some water. I think we waited a little over an hour when they finally called Geert's last name we got up together and walked up to the window number 7. Our consular officer swore us both in to conduct the interview, and surprisingly only asked a small amount of questions we even saw a red stamp of pre-approval on the large stack of paper work sent from NVC (I think that was the first good sign). Some of the questions asked was
Do you have any children?
Have either of you ever been arrested?
Where did you meet? (he asked a bit more in detail about this I offered to show him our game accounts that we played but he said no that was fine, we told him the name of the game Ragnarok Online and that it was a multi-player game etc, that we had been both playing the game for several years)
He asked my husbands last visit to the U.S.?

These were pretty much the main questions he asked and we saw him flipping quickly through the paperwork (probably just to reaffirm everything, I could even see copies of bonafides in the stack of papers.)

We didn't have to grab a single paper from all the stuff we brought which was fine with me it was mostly just copies of everything and some new bonafides in case something had been lost, so I guess we gave enough evidence from front loading the petition
which I feel good about, we were there around 3 hours in total I think.

As long as you come prepared and knowing what to expect it should be a positive experience.
Rating : Very Good

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